Ageing Feet

As we age our feet age with us and we naturally develop problem areas due to wear and tear over the years, but also because the skin starts to become thin and loses its elasticity, as well as being dry and much more fragile.

Foot pain can be debilitating. As we only have one pair of feet, its important to take good care of them. Foot pain can also lead to issues with walking and exercising which are an important part of health and wellbeing as we age. Additionally, if we have trouble with mobility, this can impact on getting out and about and involvement in social activities which become ever more important as we get older. As long as we take routine care of our feet, serious problems can usually be avoided, however, ageing can also mean that we develop other conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis, which in some cases can affect the foot and lead to requiring treatment. Healing may also take longer.

What is it? / What causes the problem?

As we age our feet age with us and we naturally develop problem areas due to wear and tear over the years, but also because the skin starts to become thin and loses its elasticity, as well as being dry and much more fragile.

Is it serious?

Foot pain can be debilitating. As we only have one pair of feet, its important to take good care of them. Foot pain can also lead to issues with walking and exercising which are an important part of health and wellbeing as we age. Additionally, if we have trouble with mobility, this can impact on getting out and about and involvement in social activities which become ever more important as we get older. As long as we take routine care of our feet, serious problems can usually be avoided, however, ageing can also mean that we develop other conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis, which in some cases can affect the foot and lead to requiring treatment. Healing may also take longer.

Who gets it?

Feet can start to show signs of ageing at any age if good routine foot care is not practiced, but generally it is most common from your fifties onwards.